Advocating the AAPI experience through stage work!
Theatre Diaspora began as a response to the lack of AAPI visibility on Portland stages and audiences as well as a lack of awareness and education regarding the importance of casting Asian American actors in Asian American roles and plays.
MediaRites’ took on Theatre Diaspora as a project to create a yearly season of staged readings focusing on Asian American identity and cultural issues. With talkbacks and invited panel discussions after every performance, Theatre Diaspora has generated awareness of the Asian experience to all communities. The project helps establish Asian American theatre artists and playwrights dedicated to giving Asian American theatre more visibility, and to engage the public in insightful talkback discussions on cultural diversity.